Monday, October 26, 2009
Roman Catholic Womenpriests : First Roman Catholic Woman Ordained in U.K- by Roman Catholic Womenpriests Movement- Historic and Ecumenical
Rev. Louise Mc Clements(in black robes on) an ordained minister from the local area gave testimony to readiness of Morag Liebert for ordination.
Frances Forshaw, an Episcopalian priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, (on left) Morag Liebert, the first woman to be ordained in UK/Scotland is in the center.
Bridget Mary Meehan is standing next to Rev. Louise.)
On my recent visit to Edinburgh to ordain Morag Liebert, (the first woman in Scotland, indeed in the UK to be ordained by the Roman Catholic Womenpriests Movement) I met Roman Catholics and Anglicans who expressed grave concern about Pope Benedict's decision to welcome Anglican Traditionalists into the Roman Catholic Church.
This historic ordination of Morag Liebert as a Roman Catholic Womenpriest was a great witness to the ecumenical solidarity of women across the denominational lines and a prophetic testimony to the Gospel call for justice and equality that we share as people of faith.
Instead of rejecting women priests and women bishops, the Roman Catholic Church should be ending its patriarchal practice of discrimination against women. Jesus treated women and men as equals, so should all the Christian churches, including the Roman Catholic Church. The Roman Catholic Womenpriests Movement welcomes all God's people equally to ministerial leadership. So should the Pope.